Monarch Update – March 2016

Monarch Update – March 2016

by John Roberts

 

The article below was written by John Roberts in March 2016 with interesting information about the Monarch Butterfly and his efforts to provide suitable habitat and food source for the Monarch Butterfly.

“Mike Kenny and I planted 64 additional Swamp Asclepias incarnata and Aquatic Asclepias perennis milkweed plants on the east and west sides of Lake Judy’s wetlands.  These should provide us with colors of rose and white respectively.  According to Dr. Tom Emmel, founding Director of The McQuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, these two plants normally bloom sooner than the more common butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa; thereby, providing those Monarchs arriving in early July or August the required habitat.  The Monarchs also love a variable selection of milkweed thus our plantings.  The stakes and labels are the location of the plants.

We are seeing Monarchs at the wetlands each day during March.  These are “Florida Resident” Monarchs and not the “Traveler Monarchs” we saw months ago heading for Mexico.  Dr. Emmel went on to explain the Monarchs over-winter in Mexico’s fir forest for about four months and will start their tortuous journey northward into Texas and beyond during March.”

Thank you, John.  Below are some photos John took of the plants he and Mike planted at Lake Judy.  Click on any photo to enlarge for a closer look.

 

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Photo Courtesy of John Roberts

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, The Great Outdoors, Titusville, Florida, Education, TGO, Plants, Milkweed, Monarch, Butterfly, Flower, Flowers, Photo, Album

Photo Courtesy of John Roberts

 

TGO Nature Center, Nature, The Great Outdoors, Titusville, Florida, Education, TGO, Plants, Milkweed, Monarch, Butterfly, Flower, Flowers, Photo, Album

Photo Courtesy of John Roberts

 

 

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